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Descend into 'The Australian Ugliness' with Jan van Schaik


Jan van Schaik takes part in mass reading of Robin Boyd's 'The Australian Ugliness' at MPavilion

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Join Jan van Schaik at the newly established M pavillion next week, on Thursday 23rd of October at 12:00pm as he takes part in the readings and debate of Robyn Boyd's masterpiece 'The Australian Ugliness.' His reading will be part of Chapter 1, ’The Descent into Chaos. Please follow this link for details on the program and other readers….

Jan at Melbourne Now Speaker Series


ARM Architecture presents “Urban Renewal,” as part of the Blue Epoch Studio, RMIT. Saturday, February 1.

Ian Potter Centre: NGV-Federation Square (map)
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Join Jan van Schaik Saturday February 1 from 3pm as we hear from him along with Dimity Reed, Gretchen Wilkins, Emma Appleton & Marcus Westbury in ARM Architecture's blue foam alcove inside the Ian Potter Centre. Presented by ARM architecture as part of the Blue Epoch Studio, School of Architecture & Design, RMIT. This week the Melbourne Now Speaker Series looks at renewing the urban, as the studio alters its focus to the recently closed ford factory in Geelong.

The Ian Potter Centre: NGV-Federation Square is located at the cnr Flinders & Russel streets Melbourne.

Inspired by the Hides of Marsh
13th April 2012

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Joe Rollo has reviewed the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Centre for The Age newspaper, highlighting our design's transformative qualities and its substantial and innovative sustainable design features.

Located in an urban wetlands, we designed the project to articulate the rich and complex relationship between human beings and the environment they inhabit.

“A new interpretive centre has now been completed right on the edge of the swamp that will no doubt transform the remnant wetland into a successful attraction for school and community groups, for whom it has been primarily built. Its designers, architects Minifie van Schaik, have produced a little building that dips its feet into the mud at the edge of the swamp, set on elegant conical piers raised above a 100-year flood level.”

“The strangely trapezoidal plan of the building allows for the creation of playful glazed corners and nooks, even a round spy-hole in the floor - kinds of bird hides - at which to stand and watch the birdlife unobserved.”

“Needless to say, the building is packed with sustainable features, including hydronic heating, a composting toilet system, stacked water tanks for thermal mass, vertical cross-ventilation between vents in the floor and ceiling, double glazing, self-shading windows and photovoltaic cells.”

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Inspired by region: House wins Award
15th August 2012

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Allyson Fonseca discusses Wattle Avenue House with Jan van Schaik in an article for Sunraysia Daily Newspaper.

“There's no place like home, especially when it’s designed by an award-winning architect”

Wattle Avenue House was awarded an Australian Institute of Architects award for Residential Alterations and Extensions in June 2012.

Alice Smith School JB Wins GOLD


Alice Smith School's Dining hall and One Stop Centre wins category Gold, and a top 3 position nation-wide.

The Alice Smith School Dining hall and One Stop Centre has recently won the Gold Medal in its category, and was voted in the top three of best building's in Malaysia at the Malaysian Institute of Architects awards last night.

The newly constructed Dining hall and One Stop Centre at the Primary campus were given the top award. The school also came in the top three in the the broader architectural category of the best Malaysian Architecture of 2015.

Iconic Museum for Shepparton


New museum has enormous potential to change the face of Shepparton

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The feasibility study compiled by Simon McArthur Associates, MvS Architects and Maudie Palmer AO, shows that a new Shepparton Art Museum has the potential to reshape the economy of Shepparton and establish it as a regional hub for the arts, and in particular Indigenous art.

Alongside permanent glazed space for the entire existing ceramics collection would be a new home for the Indigenous Gallery Kaiela, as well as spaces for visiting artists to work and exhibit. Beside this would be the only children’s art space in regional Australia.

Large parts of the Shepparton Art Museum’s collection have not been shown in public, and the new museum would give the greater part of the collection a permanent home on display, along with a substantial new bequest. Function spaces and a community piazza alongside the gallery would cement this development as a cornerstone of Shepparton’s community culture.

Image by MvS Architects in the Shepparton News

How can art and architecture transform your town?


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Premier's media release

Regional Arts Victoria launches “Small Town Transformations” on behalf of the Victorian Government with Jan van Schaik as a member of the independent artistic advisory and selection panel.

Small Town Transformations supports transformative artistic projects that are connected to community and place, for and by small Victorian towns with fewer than 1,500 people. Proposals will be able to request up to $350,000 for their project, which must be presented in collaboration between at least two partners, with the lead applicant being a legally constituted organisation. Up to five projects will be funded.

Applications open in January 2013

Green Magazine's Issue 57 profiles Shacky


Our glam gettaway, Shacky, has been featured in the latest “small” issue of Green Magazine.

Inside their September Green Magazine singles out Shacky as a prototypical design containing everything a person could need in a configuration far removed from the traditional quarter-acre block.

The author, Jenny Lyon, talks about the off-grid weekender and the story of its inception, the challenges of including solar panels, a composting toilet, a shower, a bedroom, a kitchen, storage and a pot-belly stove within a 15m2 footprint and pre-building and transportation process.

For more information about the issue visit the Green Magazine website
For more information and bookings, head to Shacky's website
Read about Shacky on our website

Image courtesy: Green Magazine

“Grand designs: Towards a new SAM” - Art Monthly Australasia March 2017 issue


The five shortlisted architectural design proposals for the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM) competition have featured in the pages of the March 2017 issue of Art Monthly Australasia.

The article by D.J. Huppatz, covers the five final concept designs, writing that the MvS Architects' proposal was the most colourful, both in its presentation panels and facade.

Read the full article on The Committee for Greater Shepparton website
Get more information about the March issue on the Art Monthly Australiasia website

Image Courtesy: Art Monthly Australasia.

Gastrology blog about their experience of Shacky


Australian food, travel and lifestyle blog Gastrology, whose writers travel around Australia and the world seeking out the greatest in food and wine have written a blog about Shacky and their own experience of staying there.

In the article they write about their unique experience at Shacky in which they interacted with nature in a comfortable setting. Describing our tiny house as “absolutely gorgeous, with large windows, a little deck and a shower with unobstructed views into the surrounding olive grove”.

Read the full article on the Gastrology website
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Read about Shacky on our website

Photograph courtesy: Gastrology

Experience ASAC 2015 with Jan van Schaik


Jan van Schaik to run a workshop and MC the 2015 Australasian Student Architecture Congress

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As part of this years Congress, “People”, Jan van Schaik will MC the Friday morning session, as well as leading an afternoon design workshop. The workshop will give student delegates from around the globe a chance to engage with Melbourne architects and their context.

This years Congress is focusing on how people shape architecture and how architecture can “investigate questions of spatial relations, architectural anthropology, humanitarian architecture, advocacy and intervention.” This year also marks the first year Melbourne has hosted the Congress since 1964.

Dr Jan van Schaik presents “Reflections on Current Projects” - AND Speaker Series 2017


As part of the 2017 AND Speaker Series, Dr Jan van Schaik will be discussing his current projects and design ethos both here and internationally.

The AND. Speaker Series is a program run at the University of Melbourne by students interested in Architecture and Design. They invite professionals to engage in weekly lectures. Each week they discuss a theme, followed by a Q&A session.

When: Monday, April 10 from 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Where: Malaysia Theatre B117, Basement, MSD Building 133, Melbourne University, Parkville

Visit the Eventbrite site to book a place
For more details and events check out the AND. Speaker Series Facebook page

Image Credit: AND Speaker Series Poster.

Cultivator - Regional Creative Conference 2012
7th August 2012

Jan van Schaik will be a keynote speaker at “Cultivator” - Regional Creative Conference, October 2012.

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“Cultivator, presented by Sunraysia Institute in Mildura, is a design conference that brings together creatives, students, business and community leaders to inspire creative thinking to solve problems, grow potential, open minds and build regional capacity through creativity.”

Jan will be speaking about the creative motivations behind the the work of Minifie van Schaik Architects, especially that in Mildura.

Other speakers include: Graham Rendoth, Ros Moriarty, Russell Kerr and Frost Design.

This years theme is “Social Inclusion Through Creative Thinking” and will be conducted on Friday, October 12, 2012.

Council gives SAM the go ahead


Greater Shepparton City Council, State Government, Federal Government agree to contribute $10m each

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The Council of the Greater City of Shepparton have decided to take on board the feasibility study completed by MvS Architects and associates regarding the new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM), and have put forward $30 million with assistance from the state and federal governments.

The SAM Foundation will source the remaining $4.5 million required for project completion, as well as an extra $8 million for operational and maintenance costs.

76% of public respondents showed support for the business case for a new SAM, with 5% being indifferent and only 19% actively against it.

The new Art Museum is tipped to boost Shepparton's economy, increase tourism and publicity, and provide over 180 jobs in just the first 2 years.

Collaborating in curatorial Space


On March 12th Jan van Schaik will deliver a public lecture about We used to talk about love and the collaborative process of exhibition design.

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Co-presented by the Art Gallery of NSW and University of Technology Sydney, the lecture will form part of the Interior and Spatial Design public lecture serries held at UTS. Jan will discuss the We used to talk about love project as well as previous collaborations in contemporary art spaces, including the 2012 Adelaide Biennial.

Alice Smith School features on ArchDaily


Leading International architecture website ArchDaily publishes the award winning Alice Smith School

Read about the Alice Smith School on our website
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Internationally renowned architecture website ArchDaily has featured the Alice Smith School by iPartnership.LCW + MvS Architects on their page, detailing the symbolism behind the building, the functionality, and the aesthetic. The Alice Smith School won a Malaysian Institute of Architects Gold Award this year and it is very exciting to see the project receiving further recognition.

Photo by H. Lin Ho

Alice Smith AA article can now be viewed on-line


The recently published article, Learning with Attitude: The Alice Smith School, by Architecture Australia can now also be viewed on-line.

The Alice Smith School by MvS Architects + iPartnership.LCW has been reviewed by Dr Victoria Ng from Taylors University for the June 2015 issue of Architecture Australia, and has been published on their website.

Click the link to read the article

“Embracing Inside and Out”


Wattle Avenue House has been featured in Stuart Harrison's exciting new book 'New Suburban' (Thames & Hudson)

read about the Wattle Avenue House on our website

“Mildura, like many regional centres in Australia, has a blanket of suburbia outside its core. A classic post-war suburban house in cream brick sits on this street corner and it has been reworked considerably to accommodate a local extended family. In doing so it has kept its fundamental character. Too often when houses like this are renewed the material quality of the brickwork is lost – rendered out of existence. The strategy here has been to add a clearly new extension to the existing house, to connect at a deeper level more akin to gene splicing.

“This insightful project works in the tradition of innovations in plan, but here the suburban house evolves into a new hybrid, one with the outside space - a courtyard - as its focus.”


Wandering Between the Lines
4th April 2012

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Art Gallery of South Australia

Dylan Rainforth reviews the Adelaide Art Biennial and our design of its exhibitions spaces in the arts section of The Age.

The exhibition, curated by Alexie Glass-Kantor and Natasha Bullock at the Gallery of South Australia, is open until April 29th.

WAMA is seeking pledges of support


The Wildlife Art Museum of Australia is seeking pledges of support and donations to qualify for Government Funding.

A requirement of government funding is that there be a significant private funding contribution coming from the community. So far, WAMA has raised more than $3 million, but a further $4 million in donations, pledges and in-kind contributions is needed. Please give generously – your financial support will help turn this iconic project, with all its benefits for the region, into a reality. Regional Victorian newspapers are running a promotional insert.

View the promotional insert here Read about the project on our website here

Video: The Ultimate Victorian High Country Adventure


Cliff picnicing at Mt Buffalo, feasting in Bright and snoozing in a tiny house in Creightons Creek – the ultimate High Country adventure.

Broadsheet and Jeep have teamed up to produce a short video on the ultimate Victorian High Country weekend adventure, which features sleeping at Shacky located in Creightons Creek, the tiny house/cabin designed by MvS Architects. “Unwind when spending the night in an off-the-grid cabin nestled in the middle of an olive grove. The Shacky is a tiny home hidden away among the trees where you’ll swap watching TV for watching the roaring fire” - Broadsheet.

View the video on Broadsheet's Facebook page
View the video and read the article on the Broadsheet website
For more information and bookings, head to Shacky's website
Read about Shacky on our website

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Venice Architecture Biennale 2008
14th August 2008

Minifie Nixon invited to represent Australia at Venice Architecture Biennale.

The Venice Architecture Biennale

Lucy Turnbull and creative directors Neil DUrbach, Vince Frost, Wendy Lewin, Kirsten Thompson and Gary Warner have invited Minifie Nixon to join a group of young and innovative Australian architects to reprepesent Australia in the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale in September 2008.

The 'ABUNDANT' exhibit will be officially launched on Thursday September 11 at the Australian Pavillion, Giardini di Castello, 30122 Venezia Italy.

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RMIT NAS gets some air on 'Urban Melbourne' blog.

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The RMIT University New Academic Street project has been picked up by Laurance Dragomir of the 'Urban Melbourne' blog which outlines how the disruption to classes will be managed and describes how the project will open up the university to Swanston Street.

Designed in conjunction with Lyons, NMBW, HAW and Peter Maddison, the new staircase is due to finish in 2015.

Urban Melbourne re-reviews New Academic Street (NAS)


Urban Melbourne publishes a glowing review of RMIT New Academic Street.

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Designed by some of the biggest names in the industry including MvS Architects, Lyons, and NMBW, the NAS project extends across Swanston, Franklin and Bowen Street as 5 separate projections.

RMIT has sunk $220 million into their most recent renovation and the results have paid off, vastly improving the private/public relationship in buildings 8, 10, 12, 14 and 28.

The project focuses on RMIT's relationship with the CBD, and looks to blur the lines of exclusivity through increasing pedestrian flow and allowing more natural light into a previously monolithic exterior.

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SGS Economics & Planning presented the community building work we've been doing with them in St Arnaud

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“Regional towns are in constant competition for visitors, and to attract and retain skilled, permanent populations. This project took an unconventional approach to Civic Precinct planning in the rural town of St Arnaud, embedding a multidisciplinary team in the town to tease out local narratives and use creative intervention as a catalyst for further action.”

Over the past nine months, SGS Economics & Planning, Maudie Palmer AO and MvS have been working on a new precinct plan for the old gold mining town of St Arnaud. Our works to date were presented last week by Mitra Anderson-Oliver and Dr Marcus Spiller at the 7th International Urban Design Conference in Adelaide.

Two New Sugar Stations
17th August 2008

Minifie van Schaik to design Sugar Station Northlands and Sugar Station Chadstone.

See the Sugar Station Southland kiosk

On the back of the success of the Southland Sugar Station island kiosk, Minifie van Schaik has been commissioned to re-design the 40m2 Sugar Station flagship store at Northlands shopping centre, and a new 24m2 island kiosk at Chadstone chopping centre.

The Northlands design has been aproved, and construction starts on 11th August.

Construction starts in Chadstone later this year.

The public life of a private home


Director of Regional Arts Victoria reviews Jan, Stefano and Donata's public talk

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Esther Anatolitis, Director of Regional Arts Victoria, has reviewed the energetic discussion between Jan van Schaik and clients Donata Carrazza and Stefano de Pieri for

“When is a private building a public building? Is it when its architectural boldness invites a public response? When some or all of its spaces welcome public interaction? Or when its owners are public figures?…For Stefano, Mildura is a significant and unique cultural centre – a leader and a catalyst. For his home, Jan has designed a forceful, practical and evocative space, around whose tables any contemporary Deakin would be inspired to hatch ambitious new plots.”

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Mildura House Mildura Australia Architects: Minifie van Schaik
Australian Institute Award for Residential Alterations and Additions
29th June 2012

MvS Architects win an Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter award

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Wattle Avenue House, for Stefano de Pieri, Donata Carrazza and family, has been awarded an Australian Institute of Architects award for Residential Architecture Alterations and Additions. We would like to thank all those who worked on this project. We are honoured to have received this award, but quite sorry about all the imbibing on awards night.

Jury citation:
“A 'grotto' draws one into this house, setting up a sequence of tightly designed and richly decorated spaces with references to local landscapes and history. These are pivot points in the experience of visiting and living in the house, setting up a progression that works beautifully, as one space transitions into the next.

A modest, double-fronted cream brick-veneer house, typical of the 1960's, was the starting point of the project. The additional desired functions such as a guest room and entertainment spaces, have been accommodated within the single structure through an incredibly efficient rearrangement of the traditional three bedroom layout.

A courtyard brings in natural light, also making a protected centre that suits the local climate and is an alternative outdoor area to the productive backyard design. The carefully designed new insertions of timber, brick, and joinery lift this renovation to a high standard and despite its transformation, the house loses none of its original presence. In fact, the jury believes the humble origins of this project have been heightened and re-celebrated, yet with little fanfare or sign from the street.”

The Orthodoxy of Place with Jan van Schaik


Jan van Schaik selected as keynote speaker for the Castlemaine State Festival

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Jan van Schaik presented a paper questioning the orthodoxy of 'place' as the primary driver of the human interface of urbanism at the Terrains of Memory symposium as part of the 2015 Castlemaine State Festival.

The theme for this years festival was “Before and Beyond”, engaging with the moments in time which form intersections between the past and the present. Terrains of Memory explores how artists are able to intersect narrative and identity within regional landscapes.

The Keys to Mildura
10th June 2010

Minifie van Schaik re-thinks Mildura's architectural image for “Emoh Ruo, GLOBAL PRACTICES OF AUSTRALIAN ARCHITECTURE”

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Emoh Ruo ('Our Home' backwards) is an international traveling exhibition and publication. Presented by the Australian High Commission London and curated be Cameron Bruhn of Architecture Media. Six architectural firms were given a brief to rethink the mechanisms through which a city presents itself to the world through architecture, of which Minifie van Schaik's “Keys to Mildura” is one

Our scheme proposes four instances each of which is designed as a spark within the urban context of Mildura. Collectively these act as a masterplan but are small enough to for them to be kick-started without massive funding initiatives. The Rural City Retreat, The Orchard Seam, The Sports Spine and The Jolly Billabong were all chosen to bring to the foreground elements within Mildura which are highly successful yet are not strongly linked to its reputation.

The Future is Here


MvS Exhibits 'Penumbra - A Facade Concept Protoype'
In Collaboration with Richard Blythe and Nick Williams

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As an extension of our entry for the 'House of Fairytales,' Penumbra explores the design and fabrication of an active building skin system.

The exhibition is free and open untill the 11.10.2014.

Building 100, Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets

Tuesday to Friday: 11am – 6pm
Saturday: 12pm – 5pm

The Diplomat, The Artist and The Suit


Jan van Schaik interviewed for ABC documentary on Denton Corker Marshall.

The hour long documentary showcases the architectural genius of internationally renowned design firm Denton Corker Marshall.

Jan's expert knowledge was sought in putting together the documentary which explores the individual characteristics and creative relationships of the firms founders Bill Corker, Barrie Marshall and John Denton; and how tripartite architectural skills and collaborative design approaches contribute to the design of iconic and industry leading buildings all over the world.

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The Curated Space - Presentation at Heide, Museum of Modern Art


Jan van Schaik Presenting at Heide

On Saturday the 31th of October at 2pm, Jan van Schaik will be exploring the ideas and relationships that link human beings and the space which they inhabit with an engaging and insightful presentation at the Heide. Specifically he will share his understanding and interest in the relationship between the ideas of 'home' or 'city' and the curated space of a gallery, with examples of how this has influenced recent works of MvS Architects.

Entry to the presentation is FREE with admission to Heide.

For Further Information on both the upcoming presentations and Heide please click this link

Image credited to Heide Museum of Modern Art

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“The Conversation” writes up Augmented Australia headlining our redesign of the Sydney Opera house - our little dragon is getting quite a bit of traction…

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MvS Augments Australia


'The Augmented Australia App Launched'

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“The Australian Institute of Architects this week unveiled the new Augmented Australia app, the engine of the Australian exhibition at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice.” As a pilot for the Venice Biennale, users will be able to experience 2 of the 22 projects available, including our own take on Jorn Utzon's Sydney Opera House, 'Caught unawares.'

Download Augmented Australia for free from the App Store (Apple) or Google Play (Android)
Further instructions on how to use the app can be found here

The Age reviews The Premier's Design Award
21st September 2012

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Ray Edgar reviews the Melbourne Design Awards and the Premier's Design Award which was awarded the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Centre which we designed for Melbourne Water.

“The difference with the Premier's Design Awards is that they are outside the the profession from the “highest office in the state”…..from 13 disparate finalists Minifie van Schaik took home the Premiers Design Award for the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre. Its the second time the 10-year-old architectural practice has won the coveted prize. In 2008 it received a Premiere's Design Award for “cultural architecture” for its Australian Wildlife Health Centre at Healeseville Sanctuary”

The Age Good Food Guide Awards
5th August 2008

Jan van Schaik to chair two juries at 2008 Age Good Food Guide Awards

The Age Newspaper

John Lethlean has again invited Jan van Schaik to chair a jury comprising of Peter Stratton of the Lyceum Club and Crispin Blackall, Head of Telstra New Technologies to judge The Best New Restaurant Website as part of the Age Good Food Guide Awards.

But wait, there's more! This year a new award has been added to acknowledge the role of design in the culinary experience. Jan will chair a a jury comprising of Cameron Bruhn, editor Artichoke magazine and Frank van Haandel to judge an award for The Best New Restaurant Interior.

The awards will be announced at the launch of The 2008 Age Good Food Guide on August 25th 2008 at the Malthouse Theatre.

Super Yacht City underway
2nd Februray 2011

Minifie van Schaik has begun work on the masterplan for a residential and marina development at the mouth of the Tanghe river in Qinhuangdao. Located within the Qinhuangdao Economic & Technology Development Zone, the project will include two million square metres of residential property, a cultura centre, a luxury cruise terminal, fifty thousand square metres of retail, a winter garden mall and a one thousand berth marina. The masterplan works are being undertaken in conjunction with Terroir and RMIT University.

Australian Institute Award for Public Architecture
29th June 2012

MvS Architects win an Australian Institute of Architects Victorian Chapter award

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We are moved and honoured to have received an Australian Institute of Architects award for Public Architecture for the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Discovery Centre. Thank-you to the many people who helped bring this project to fruition.

Jury citation:
“Situated at the edge of the Edithvale wetlands, the Discovery Centre appears to the approaching visitor like a strange creature perched above the swamp grass. The external grey concrete is cast with a deep pattern of water ripples, appearing like ornate camouflage. Windows are raked to avoid reflections that may cause confusion to the birdlife. A blast of orange below and to the side window is intended to mimic some of the local plumage. Ventilation cowls populate the rooftop and draw natural ventilation through floor vents internally.

Inside, the single predominant space is designed for educating school groups about the swamp's history and its importance to the local water cycle. The space opens out towards the elevated view of the wetlands and its internationally significant flora and fauna. Each window is focused on a particular external condition, from the main panorama to a specific nesting site. The eccentric window forms add to the sense of discovery, promising visitors the potential to find another unexpected vantage point at any moment. The proliferation of ideas makes for a strong experience, both on approach and also within this expanded and enlarged hide.”

Sugar Station Highpoint
29th July 2011

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A new kiosk is High Point Shopping Centre is the latest in an array of tenancies that Minifie van Schaik have designed for this ever expanding confectionary kiosk. Our design foregrounds and lights the vast array of colourful confectionary on a collection of white joinery units with luscious curved Corian edges, glazed shelves, LED lights and lolly-shaped super graphics.

Sugar Station Elizabeth Street
30th August 2010

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The Elizabeth Street store for Sugar Station has now openend for trading. This is the chain's largest store and is located directly in the path of morning and evening commuter foot-traffic. We have designed the store's front window as a cabinet-of-curiosities of confectionary beneath the store's glowing coloured acrylic letters backlit from within.

Star Voyager named a finalist in the 2012 Melbourne Design Awards

MvS Architects design for “Star Voyager - Exploring Space on Screen” has been named one of the 5 finalists for the Melbourne Design Awards in the category “Installation Design - Exhibit”.

Public voting is now open on the Melbourne Design Awards website and will close on 11th of September.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 19 September 2012 in conjunction with the announcement of the Premiers Design Awards.

“Star Voyager - Exploring Space on Screen” opens at ACMI
22nd September 2011

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“Star Voyager” explores the relationshop between space exploration and its representation on screen. Our design of the display of this large collection of objects and footage draws explicitly from the motifs of space: a project room is clad in Lunar Landing Module gold foil, a series of smaller objects are displayed in an 'asteroid belt', a series of films and objects are arranged in a false perspective space corridor and a collection of space suits is choreographed to mimic a famous scene from film on the space race. The exhibition was launched at ACMI last night to a full house by astronaut Rex Walheim and remains open until the 29th January 2012. Photo by Mark Gambino

St Arnaud Street Museum wins Award


We are proud to announce that the St Arnaud Street Museum wins a government Award!

The St Arnaud Street Museum has been award a highly commended in ‘Arts Animates – excellence in community engagement and participation’ in the National Awards for Local Government

For further information please see the Northern Grampians Shire Council website

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The St Arnaud Street Museum is set to make waves this year with “Watertable” by James Geurts - the Street Museum is comprised of nine street-front exhibition spaces in to which this single work in nine parts has been curated.

The museum is the first of its kind in Victoria, and is a part of the St Arnaud Civic Precinct Plan commissioned by the Northern Grampians Shire and developed by MvS Architects with SGS Economics and Planning and Maudie Palmer AO.

“Watertable”, which will be on display in store windows across the town from January to March 2015, is the creation of James Geurts who resided in St. Arnaud from September to December 2014 as part of the St Arnaud Street Museum's Artist in Residence program.

Image by Jacqueline Mittelman

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Read about the St Arnaud Street Museum and all the people involved in bringing it together.

read the article here on The Age website

read about James Guerts and Watertable here

St Arnaud has taken the first step in its revitalisation with the recently opened street museum bringing new life into the main street of the town. The town is focusing its energy on promoting local artists and talent, highlighting the importance of regional art in the area.

Under the joint guidance of Maudie Palmer AO, architect Jan van Schaik, and urban planner Mitra Anderson-Oliver, as well as local business owners and residents, the street museum has been a resounding success in drawing the public eye to St Arnaud and the work of resident artist James Geurts which is featured in shop fronts throughout the town.

The surge of activity in the area will continue with the renewal of a local hotel, a new restaurant, and an upgrade to the town hall which will include exhibition and studio space, alongside the artist-in-residence program.

Photo by Jan van Schaik

Sites offering Aussie farms to camp out


Jonathan Pearlman reviews the latest disruption to the travel industry in Australia, where farmers rent out underutilised portions of their land to holidaymakers - such as MvS Architects' Shacky's.

Shacky, enables farmers to offer tiny houses on remote properties to holidaymakers. The houses, which offer a stylish and comfortable experience for two people, come with towels, linen and other creature comforts. To facilitate JOMO (the loy of missing out) they have no Wi-Fi and often no phone reception. For a contracted period, Shacky carefully sites and installs tiny houses on idyllic agrarian land, farmers manage the day to running of the holiday offer, and the profits are shared equally. For guests, Shacky offers relief from the stresses of every day life, and gives farmers the opportunity to activate the capital value tied up in their land. Shacky plans to have an array of these tiny houses up and running by the middle of next year.

Read the full article on the Straits Times website
For more information and bookings, head to Shacky's website
Read about Shacky on our website

Photograph courtesy: Shacky

Shepparton Art Museum foundation announces a $1 Million donation to the new SAM project.


The feasibility study compiled in early 2015, by Simon McArthur Associates, MvS Architects and Maudie Palmer AO, shows that a new Shepparton Art Museum has the potential to reshape the economy of Shepparton and establish it as a regional hub for the arts, and in particular Indigenous art.

The new structure will aim to showcase much of the museums collection which has not been sown in public, giving the collection and permanent home on display.

The donation is very exciting and it will be used along side the $10 Million committed by both the Local council and State Government. A further $10 Million has been requested from the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund.

For Further information see the SAM website

Shepparton Art Museum


Simon McArthur & Associates and MvS to undertake feasibility study of a new Sheparton Art Museum

read about the project here

We are proud to announce that MvS have been selected to undertake a feasibility study for a possible new Shepparton Art Museum (SAM). MvS is working with Simon Mcarthur & associates to determine and assess the options for a new SAM.

“The business planning components of the overall study will provide advice about the substance, governance and form of a possible new SAM and its intended and potential impact in the region.”

The study will give insight to a new SAM's capacity, as a major cultural and educational tourist attraction, to drive forward an arts led economic and social growth for the region, greatly improving perceptions of Greater Shepparton as a place to visit, live and invest.

Heide Public Programs: Jan van Schaik and Natasha Johns-Messenger


On Sunday the 7th of August at 2:00pm, Architect Jan van Schaik and artist Natasha Johns-Messenger will discuss the complex relationship between human beings and the spaces they inhabit.

Entry to the presentation is FREE with admission to Heide.

For Further Information on both the upcoming presentations and Heide please click this link

Image credited to Heide Museum of Modern Art

Shacky bookings now open to the public!


This unique getaway, designed by MvS Architects and nestled within a beautiful olive grove in north-eastern Victoria, is now open for bookings from the public.

Combining the natural beauty of Australian landscapes with unparalleled comfort, Shacky breathes fresh air into how you experience nature for a true getaway.

For more details and how to book visit the Shacky website

Image Courtesy: Shacky

24th July 2012

Jan van Schaik in conversation with Jill Garner

Semi-detached: Writing, Representation and Criticism in Architecture is a new book, edited by Dr Naomi Stead, about the role of words and images in architecture.

Incorporating contributions from some of Australia’s most highly regarded academics, architects, critics, writers, artists and photographers, Semi-detached reconsiders how architecture has been traditionally represented and critiqued, and the means by which those conventions might be productively challenged.
Scandinavian Freestyle


A stylish new entry lobby space has been designed for the Hero Apartments by MvS Architects and Fiona Abicare in association.

read more about the project on our website

Constructed in 1954, the former Russell Street Telephone Exchange & Post Office designed by the Commonwealth Department of Works is a unique multi-storey CBD building; the first to be completed after WW11 and the last to express the architectural traditions of solid masonry.

Influenced by European Modernism, in particular the Amsterdam School and Scandinavian Freestyle Classicism, the interlocking unadorned mass of cream-brick features in its 2001 re-development -Hero Apartments by Nonda Katsalidis Architects - via intersecting interior vertical planes, structural plates, and green columns.

'Scandinavian Freestyle' develops a language of materiality in relation to the formal qualities and associated styles present within the foyers’ interior. The project developed through a process of removing temporary structures, fixtures and adorning features. Through this process the foyer is activated by natural light and the spatial and material interconnectivities of its original forms. Objects were designed to enhance aesthetic experiences and for specific functions: seating and mail retrieval, while drapery, upholstery and artwork also present a functionality.

An emphasis on the ‘complete interior’ describes the process and project’s ambitions: to develop relations between art, décor, interior architecture and utility objects and present artistic material, configured in relationship to surrounding context and history.

Photograph by Peter Bennetts

Sacred Spaces - RMIT New Academic Street goes to air


In case you missed it, Channel 31's Sacred Spaces featured RMIT's New Academic Street.

Sacred Spaces examines architecture, urban design and planning by talking to the architects in the projects they've designed. In this episode watch Sacred Spaces explore the inner workings of this two year project and uncover the many place-makings it has to offer to heighten the student experience.

The New Academic Street (NAS) project transforms the heart of the RMIT University City campus providing students with a progressive, innovative and futuristic learning style and environment.

Interview panel:
Professor Peter Coloe – RMIT Pro Vice Chancellor of Science Engineering and Health
Jeremey Elia – RMIT Associate Director Reporting and Compliance Property Service
Carey Lyon – Director of Lyons Architecture
Ben Brown – Project Manager Lendlease
Marcus Bailey – Project Director DCWC

Incase you missed it on Channel 31, here is the link to view the Sacred Spaces episode featuring NAS
Details of the project on our website

Image courtesy of Sacred Spaces

Rural galleries seek 'the Bendigo effect' as architects tackle 'threshold fear'


An interesting perspective on regional galleries from Ray Edgar.

The article by Ray Edgar which was published in The Age newspaper on March 17 2017, talks about the challenge to make our regional galleries more welcoming. The article was in response to the concept designs for the new SAM design competition.

MvS Architects were involved in establishing the feasibility of a new SAM, and then shortlisted to develop a concept design along with four other firms.

Jan is quoted in the article, saying that “there is a tendency for regional galleries to be perceived as community centres for rich people,”. “But that's starting to change.” Regional galleries are now recognised as potential community hubs, while local councils harbour ambitions to emulate “The Bendigo Effect”.

Read the full article on The Age website

Image: MvS Architects' proposal for SAM.


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